LFP mayor orders across-the-board cuts in response to Prop. 1 defeat

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

By Evan Smith
ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer

Lake Forest Park Mayor Dave Hutchinson announced a 10 percent across-the-board cut in City programs in response to the apparent defeat of the City's Proposition 1 in the Tuesday election.

The proposition would have let the City increase its property-tax revenue beyond the 1 percent increases allowed under a voter-approved State law.

Opponents said that the measure would have given the City a blank check to raise property taxes.

LFP ballots counted Wednesday afternoon saw the losing margin fall from 80.3-19.7 to 79.4-20.6 percent.

Wednesday's count raised LFP voter turnout to 39.75 percent of registered voters, with more expected to come in. King County elections officials had projected a 45 percent countywide turnout, but reported only 27 percent through Wednesday.Votes counted include ballots received by Tuesday morning. Elections officials say that it takes two days to open ballots and compile updated results.

King County expects to update results at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Results through Wednesday:

Ballots Cast/Registered Voters: * 3708 / 9328 39.75%

City Of Lake Forest Park Proposition No. 1 Levy For Retention Of Basic Public Safety And Other Services

YES        757 20.62%

NO        2914 79.38%


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